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Check out our list of upcoming programs!

Click on the title of the program for more information and to sign up. Pre-registration is required for all events.

We hope to see you soon on a guided exploration of the Albany Pine Bush.

Owl Prowl and Hors’ d’oeuvres
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (11/3/2015 -> 5:00pm-7:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Love is in the air!  No, it’s not Valentine’s Day yet.  The breeding season for barred owls, great-horned owls and screech owls, residents of the Albany Pine Bush, is approaching.  As the breeding season begins you are likely to hear the calls of male owls as they defend their territory.  Come join us for this 1.4 mile night hike and learn about the habits of these nocturnal birds and listen for their calls. Meet us at the Discovery Center and enjoy some snacks while we give an indoor presentation. We will then caravan over to the Blueberry Hill West trailhead for our hike. Participants are responsible for providing their own transportation. Adults only.

Project FeederWatch Information Session
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (11/4/2015 -> 7:00pm-8:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Project FeederWatch, a continent-wide citizen science effort run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to quantify birds, has been collecting data since the mid-1970s. The data collected have given us invaluable information about how bird populations move and change over time. We would like to encourage our Pine Bush neighbors to join this initiative in reporting birds you see at your feeders. Join us this evening for an information session on how to get involved! This is an indoor program and will not involve a hike. Please note that this information session is free but there is a fee if you decide to participate in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Project FeederWatch program. All ages. Free!

Friday Walk and Talk
Friday, November 6, 2015 @ Madison Avenue Pinelands Trailhead #7 (11/6/2015 -> 12:00pm-1:00pm) ( Albany NY 12205)

Take a break from your day and join us for a one hour hike along the trails of the Madison Avenue Pinelands. We will meet at the Madison Avenue Pinelands trailhead (#7). Adults only. Free!

Meet the Oaks
Saturday, November 7, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (11/7/2015 -> 1:00pm-2:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Oaks are one of the most common types of woody plants in the Albany Pine Bush.  Join us as we explore the varieties of oak that grow in this inland pine barrens and investigate their differences and similarities. Ages 15+.

Science Lecture Series: Peat Mosses in the Pine Bush
Thursday, November 12, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (11/12/2015 -> 7:00pm – 8:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Although the dunes of the Albany Pine Bush seem to get all the attention, the wetlands located between them are just as intriguing. These wetlands support a unique ecosystem that is further shaped by the flora and fauna within them.  Peat mosses, plants in the genus Sphagnum, are common in these wetlands and influence patterns of water, carbon and nutrient flow. Join us this evening for a close-up introduction to the unique structural features of peat mosses of the Pine Bush followed by a lecture on the biology and ecology of these remarkable plants by Dr. Steven Rice, Professor of Biology at Union College. Ages 15+. Free!

Animal Armor
Sunday, November 15, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (11/15/2015 -> 1:00pm-2:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

How do you protect yourself in the event of danger? Many animals of the Pine Bush have very unique ways of protecting themselves from predators. Join us for a brief indoor presentation and craft followed by a short hike to look for evidence these animals may leave behind. We plan to walk approximately one-half mile. Families with children 10 and under.

Wild and Wiley Turkeys
Saturday, November 21, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (11/21/2015 -> 1:00pm-2:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

It’s that time of year when our thoughts turn to turkeys! Come discover the life of wild turkeys in the Pine Bush and learn about turkey sounds, flight, habitat and the bird that almost became our national symbol.  We will start indoors for a brief introduction then continue outside with a 0.9 mile hike over rolling terrain to search for signs of turkey in their habitat.  At the end of the program, each participant will have the chance to make a turkey call craft. All ages.

Wild and Wiley Turkeys
Sunday, November 22, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (11/22/2015 -> 1:00pm-2:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

It’s that time of year when our thoughts turn to turkeys! Come discover the life of wild turkeys in the Pine Bush and learn about turkey sounds, flight, habitat and the bird that almost became our national symbol.  We will start indoors for a brief introduction then continue outside with a 0.9 mile hike over rolling terrain to search for signs of turkey in their habitat.  At the end of the program, each participant will have the chance to make a turkey call craft. All ages.

Waddle Walk
Saturday, November 28, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (11/28/2015 -> 11:00am-12:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Looking for a way to work off those yummy holiday treats? Our “waddle walk” is a fun way to get outside for some fresh air and vigorous exercise. We will hike 2.6 miles over rolling terrain through the Karner Barrens East region of the Albany Pine Bush, taking breaks along the way for rest and water (if needed).  If there is snow, we will snowshoe 0.9 miles! Snowshoes will be provided to program participants. Ages 8+.

Discover the Pine Bush
Sunday, November 29, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (11/29/2015 -> 1:00pm-2:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

An extraordinary journey into the Albany Pine Bush, the best remaining example in the world of an inland pine barrens. Our experts will guide you along this 0.9 mile hike over rolling sand dunes where you will discover Pine Bush natural history, seasonal surprises and transformations.  All ages.

 

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